Why did the Mets say no to a pretty reasonable Halladay offer?

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I mentioned nine potential trading partners in my silly little Roy Halladay post yesterday,
but I didn’t mention the Mets who, unlike most of those other teams,
apparently received and rejected a proposal from the Jays. The rumor
comes via TwitterSpeak from Jon Heyman:

#mets rejected request of package of f-mart, niese, parnell and ruben tejada for halladay. #jays

That would be Francisco Martinez, Bobby Parnell, Jon Niese and Ruben
Tejada. Which, despite what Mets fans will tell you, is not some elite
package or anything. If that’s all it takes to get Halladay, I’m going
to have to revise my “Halladay is not going anywhere” mantra.

I’m more interested in this from the Mets’ perspective. I suspect
saying no to this means that the Mets are acknowledging the reality of
their situation, and that’s that they’re not in the playoff race this
year. I further suspect that their saying no means that the Jays are
making good on their “no one gets to talk to Halladay about extensions
threat from last week and/or that the Mets don’t have the dough to
spend on a Halladay extension. After all, the Mets have to do this deal
if they think they’re contenders or if they can be assured of having
Halladay around for a while, because really, the requested package is
less than they paid to get Johan Santana.

Of course there’s one final possibility: The Mets are simply broke and can’t pay the dude.

UPDATE: OK, maybe all of this is bogus.

(link via BTF)

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.